Augustus. 31 BC - 14 AD. Pergamon (?), c. 27/6 BC

Augustus. 31 BC - 14 AD. Pergamon (?), c. 27/6 BC


AR Cistophorus, 11.79g (26mm, 12h). Bare head right; IMP CAESAR behind head / AVGV - STVS Six bundled grains of wheat.

References: RIC 494; Cohen 32; BMC 699; RPC I 2212

Grade:  Slightly porous surfaces and some scratches in fields; wear on high points of hair but otherwise nicely centered with sharp strike. VF+/aEF (re1050)

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The cistophorus denomination were introduced by the Kings of Pergamum around the second century BC. This continued until the Roman conquest of 133 BC. After which point some of the mints continued production with proconsular names. This continued until around c. 51-49 BC. There was then a break in the production until the cistophoric tetradrachms of Mark Antony around 39 BC. Antony only had two issues struck under him. Augustus resumed production of the cistophori around 28 BC. This issue shows the emperor on the obverse and six bundled grains of wheat on the reverse. It is suggested that the grain is an allusion to the prosperity that the ruler brought to the region.